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Mind-reading technology is closer than you think

Try to remember every thought that crossed your mind at work today—from the benign, like what to have for lunch, to the inflammatory, like why that supervisor is such a jerk. Now imagine if your boss had access to all of those thoughts and feelings. Sounds crazy, right? It’s rapidly becoming closer to reality. Tesla founder Elon Musk’s company Neuralink just this summer announced that human trials will move forward next year for an implantable device that can read a user’s mind; scientists at UCSF recently released the results of a brain activity study, backed by Facebook, that shows it’s…

Amazon’s Facial Recognition Able to Detect Fear as Updates to Controversial Tool Revealed

Earlier in August Amazon Web Services said that its Rekognition tool can now detect violent content such as blood, wounds, weapons, self-injury, corpses, as well as sexually explicit content, while fending off concerns regarding its potential use in surveillance and privacy violation. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added several new features to its facial-recognition software, Rekognition, including expanded age and gender recognition capabilities, and the new ability to recognise fear, the tech giant announced in a blog post on 12 August. “With this release, we have further improved the accuracy of gender identification. In addition, we have improved accuracy for…

Police Used Streetlamps To Spy On The Public More Than 140 Times

Gone are the days when cities used streetlamps to simply illuminate sidewalks and streets. Today’s streetlamps are being used to form an inter-connected web of surveillance devices. A recent San Diego Union-Tribunearticle revealed how San Diego police officers have used streetlamp video surveillance in at least 140 cases and sometimes as frequently as 20 times a month. Let that sink in for a moment; spying streetlamps are real and police have already requested video footage from more than 140 streetlamps. Lt. Jeffery Jordon called spying streetlamps “game changing” and that is exactly how they should be viewed. Streetlamps that are designed to…

Pampers launches a ‘smart diaper’ that tracks sleep and pee

The smart diaper wars have truly begun. Today, Pampers unveiled Lumi, an all-in-one connected system that includes two activity sensors for diapers, a Logitech camera fashioned into a Wi-Fi baby monitor and an app that wraps everything together. It follows Huggies adoption of the Monit smart diaper sensor in Korea. But Pampers, perhaps aware that a smart diaper alone isn’t enough to entice consumers, is aiming for something a bit more expansive. The Lumi system is meant to make an infant’s first year easier for parents by delivering as much data as possible. In addition to just telling you when…

Video: Elon Musk Is Developing a Bluetooth-Enabled Brain Implant… Directly linking thoughts to a phone via Bluetooth — what could go wrong?

Directly linking thoughts to a phone via Bluetooth — what could go wrong? Technologist Elon Musk has unveiled a plan for embedding Bluetooth-enabled implants into a human brain, to enable disabled persons to regain motor and cognitive function. IT experts however noted that along with FDA approval, the idea faces hurdles in the form of significant scrutiny on the cybersecurity front. Neuralink devices are tiny chips that would be interconnected with the brain’s organic neural network via 1,000 wispy wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair. They would be implanted by a DARPA-developed “sewing robot”, who, while the…

Google’s File on You is 10 Times Bigger Than Facebook’s — Here’s How to View It

With all the attention paid to Facebook in recent weeks over ‘data breaches’ and privacy violations (even though what happened with Cambridge Analytica is part of their standard business model), it’s easy to forget that there are four other Big Tech corporations collecting just as much — if not more — of our personal info. Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are all central players in “surveillance capitalism” and prey on our data. New reports suggest that Google may actually harvest ten times as much as Facebook. Curious about just how much of his data Google had, web developer Dylan Curran says he downloaded his…

Facebook Wants To Read Your Mind

Facebook is one step closer to reading your mind. The social media giant has become one step closer to developing a working brain-computer interface, capable of reading users’ thoughts. CNBC reported that Facebook has taken yet another step in developing its brain-computer interface, with the company’s Reality Labs division working alongside researchers from the University of California, San Francisco to develop a device that can decode speech directly from the human brain onto a screen. A new report published in the journal Nature Communications reveals that researchers are becoming closer than ever to connecting human brains directly to computers. Researchers reportedly worked with…

Meet the classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs

At the final session of the 2019 Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, attendees straggled into a giant ballroom to listen to an Air Force official and a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) executive discuss, as the panel title put it, “Enterprise Disruption.” The presentation stayed as vague as the title until a direct question from the audience seemed to make the panelists squirm. Just how good, the person wondered, had the military and intelligence communities’ algorithms gotten at interpreting data and taking action based on that analysis? They pointed out that the commercial satellite industry has software that can tally shipping…

Pentagram testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal. Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois. Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”, according to a filing made on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Corporation,…

Fujifilm’s first surveillance camera can read a license plate from 1km away

Fujifilm is getting into surveillance cameras with the SX800, a long-range surveillance camera with a 40x optical zoom that’s designed to offer security at international borders and large commercial facilities. It’s got a built-in lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 20mm to 800mm, and an additional digital zoom of 1.25x. Combined, Fujifilm says this gives the SX800 a total equivalent focal length of 1000mm, which is enough to focus on a car’s license plate from 1km or roughly 0.6 miles away. We’ve seen consumer cameras with support for more zoom than this in the past (Nikon’s P1000 has a…

Jacksons Convenient Stores Use Cop-Run Facial Recognition Cameras To Identify Customers

Two years ago, I wrote about the dangers of a cop-run company that profits from installing facial recognition cameras in retail stores. But few people took notice. Blue Line Technology’s (BLT) “about” page makes no effort to hide the fact that a bunch of former police and military professionals want to put facial recognition in retail stores across the country. “Blue Line Technology was launched by retired law enforcement and military professionals to be an industry leader in both threat detection and access control.” A recent article in the Seattle Timesrevealed that BLT is one step closer to realizing their goal because the…

Does Facial Recognition Technology Make You Grimace? New Website Offers Map of Where It’s Being Used by Law Enforcement and How to Get It Banned.

Think law enforcement using facial recognition technology to catch criminals isn’t a big deal?  You may want to review new website  – Ban Facial Recognition – and reevaluate your position.  According to it: Facial recognition surveillance programs identify the wrong person up to 98% of the time. These errors have real-world impacts, including harassment, wrongful imprisonment, and deportation. Facial recognition software programmatically misidentifies people of color, women, and children —supercharging discrimination and putting vulnerable people at greater risk of systemic abuse. Once our biometric information is collected and stored in government databases, it’s an easy target for identity thieves or…

NSA Whistleblower Speaks About Julian Assange & The “Shadow Government”

Even to this day, if you tell most people there is an ‘invisible government,’ or a shadow government that’s international in scope, they may call you a conspiracy theorist or give you a funny look. This is in large part due to the lack of education, particularly self education, of a population who is trained to go to school, get a job and ‘enjoy’ life. Sure, that’s all fine and dandy, but to deny and condemn a thought or an idea without any investigation is definitely the height of ignorance. Not only is it the height of ignorance, it also…

Facebook and Google track what porn you’re watching, even when you’re in incognito

Facebook, Google, and Oracle are tracking the porn you watch, according to a new study first spotted by The New York Times. Researchers from Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania analyzed 22,484 pornography sites using a tool called webXray to identify tracking tools feeding data back to third parties. “Our results indicate tracking is endemic on pornography websites: 93% of pages leak user data to a third-party,” the study concludes. Of the sites scanned in March 2018, the study found Google or its subsidiaries had trackers on 74%, Oracle on 24%, and Facebook on 10%. That translates to…

Report: Israeli surveillance tool can silently collect all iCloud data for a targeted user

Apple is facing a new security threat, thanks to developments in the spyware/surveillance tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group. Via the Financial Times, the Pegasus phone software now not only harvests data from the user’s onboard storage, but also all communications with the connected cloud. The vulnerability purportedly affects the iPhone and Apple’s iCloud as well as Google Android phones, and even third-party apps installed on the phone that communicate over “encrypted and secure” connections. The spyware is sold by NSO Group is supposedly only sold to governments to assist with crime investigations, but there are fears that…

The FBI plans more social media surveillance

The FBI wants to gather more information from social media. Today, it issued a call for contracts for a new social media monitoring tool. According to a request-for-proposals (RFP), it’s looking for an “early alerting tool” that would help it monitor terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal activity and the like. The tool would provide the FBI with access to the full social media profiles of persons-of-interest. That could include information like user IDs, emails, IP addresses and telephone numbers. The tool would also allow the FBI to track people based on location, enable persistent keyword monitoring and provide access to…

Police Using License Plate Readers To “Grid” Entire Neighborhoods

Law enforcement is using license plate readers to “grid” entire neighborhoods. So, What does gridding mean? The Arizona Mirror describes gridding as: “Part of the training for the ALPR systems, Chandler police officers are taught to “grid” neighborhoods during their downtime – systematically driving up and down every street in an area, indiscriminately scooping up information on vehicles.” Gridding entire neighborhoods allows Big Brother to form a detailed and highly accurate pattern of everyone’s driving habits day and night, 24/7. Police gridding allows Big Brother to create secret mini-surveillance zones of entire neighborhoods. American police “gathering intel” on the public is a mirror-image…

Police Use License Plate Readers To “Grid” Entire Neighborhoods

Law enforcement is using license plate readers to “grid” entire neighborhoods. What does gridding mean? The Arizona Mirror describes gridding as, Part of the training for the ALPR systems, Chandler police officers are taught to “grid” neighborhoods during their downtime – systematically driving up and down every street in an area, indiscriminately scooping up information on vehicles. Gridding entire neighborhoods allows Big Brother to form a detailed and highly accurate pattern of everyone’s driving habits day and night, 24/7. Police use “grids” to gather intel & create mini-surveillance zones Police gridding allows Big Brother to create secret mini-surveillance zones of entire…

Google employees are systematically listening to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app

Since Google launched its Google Home device in 2016, millions of people have installed one of these smart speaker devices at home or in their office. You can ask it all sorts of trivial questions. If you ask ‘Okay Google, how’s the traffic heading towards Brussels?’, the device automatically switches on and a computer voice will read out the latest traffic information. Seems very useful, right? You can do the same thing with the Google Assistant app on your smartphone, comparable to Apple’s Siri. Everything is recorded Not everyone is aware of the fact that everything you say to your…

License Plate Readers Are Creeping Into Neighborhoods Across the Country…Cheap surveillance software is changing how landlords manage their tenants and what laws police can enforce.

Clayton Burnett seems like an unlikely candidate to run a cutting-edge surveillance system. He is not an FBI agent, nor does he investigate homicides for the NYPD. Burnett is the director of innovation and new technology at Watchtower Security, a private company that contracts with property managers—hundreds of them—in low-income communities across the U.S. About three years ago, his company started contracting with OpenALPR, a startup whose software lets users track people by their license plates. “The price point was very reasonable for us,” Burnett says, so now Watchtower has more than 475 cameras scattered across its properties—he says they…

Spat Over New EU-US Data Sharing Pact Hits EU High Court

Bringing down one data agreement between the European Union and the United States wasn’t enough for privacy enthusiast Max Schrems, who appeared before the European Court of Justice on Tuesday in his nearly 10-year legal battle over Facebook. As a university student, the Austrian requested his data from Facebook as part of a class project and was surprised by just how much information the social networking site had on him. Unhappy with how Facebook maintained that data, he sued the social media giant in Ireland, where the company had its European headquarters, in 2011. He filed a second lawsuit in…

Gen Z Adults Encourage Each Other To Sign Up For Facial Recognition At Music Festivals

What is wrong with the above picture? A lot. The picture shows just how complicit the mass media has become in convincing Generation Z (Gen Z) adults into accepting TSA-style checkpoints at public venues. USA Today’s caption says it all, “Annabel Hess, right, signed up for PreCheck at an RV outside the gates of the Country LakeShake music festival in Chicago in late June at the urging of her roommate Catie Hjerpe, left.” USA Today’s reporter Dawn Gilberston, offers a disturbing glimpse into the mass media’s collusion with TSA-style checkpoints at public venues. The story describes how happy a young…

INSTAGRAM to warn users BEFORE posting ‘mean’ comments…

Adam Mosseri, the head of Facebook-owned Instagram, said the company is willing to make decisions that keep its users safe from online bullying, even if it leads to decreased usage. “We will make decisions that mean people use Instagram less if it keeps people more safe,” Mosseri told Time in an article published Monday. Mosseri has made combatting online bullying a top priority since he took over the reigns for Instagram in October. Instagram on Monday announced the launch of a new AI feature that will notify users when a comment they write could be considered offensive before they post…

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

Permissions on Android apps are intended to be gatekeepers for how much data your device gives up. If you don’t want a flashlight app to be able to read through your call logs, you should be able to deny that access. But even when you say no, many apps find a way around: Researchers discovered more than 1,000 apps that skirted restrictions, allowing them to gather precise geolocation data and phone identifiers behind your back. The discovery highlights how difficult it is to stay private online, particularly if you’re attached to your phones and mobile apps. Tech companies have mountains…

Facebook harvests your highly sensitive personal info with help from dozens of popular apps

At least eleven popular apps are working with Facebook to harvest your highly sensitive personal information. According to a Wall Street Journal investigation, this has been occurring covertly, without user consent. It has been happening to people who do not even have a Facebook account. According to the investigation, Facebook is gathering information about your ovulation cycle, your pregnancy status, your heart rate, and the intimate details about your future home purchases. Apps such as Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker and Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor have been gathering sensitive information about your health, including height, weight, blood pressure, menstruation…

Philly Park Officials Criticized for Installing Devices That Blare High-Frequency Noise at Young People

There is growing criticism of Philadelphia officials’ decision to install sonic devices called the Mosquito that constantly emit extremely loud, high-frequency noise from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every night designed to be audible only to persons aged 13 to 25, according to a Friday report by NPR’s Morning Edition. The working principle behind the devices, produced by Vancouver-based Moving Sound Technologies (MST), is that older people cannot hear such high frequencies due to hearing loss from ageing and noise pollution, though that is far from universal. The Mosquito emits an awful sound in the 17.5 to 18.5 kilohertz range…

Facebook puts “hate speech” in the same category as terrorism, will hand over user data to French authorities

The anger that governments have decided to pile onto Facebook – sometimes for all the wrong reasons from the point of view of regular users – is not lost on the tech giant. This has resulted in “a world first,” as Reuters termed it, that will see the global social media platform give the French government personal data of French people suspected of engaging in so-called “hate speech.” The announcement came after a series of meetings between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and French President Emmanuel Macron – who apparently has succeeded where the British Parliament in the past failed to…

FamilyTreeDNA is urging consumers to share genetic information with law enforcement

DNA testing company FamilyTreeDNA is urging consumers to share genetic information with law enforcement, promising that the data could help solve crimes. More than 26 million people have used consumer genetic tests to learn about their ancestry, connect with family members, and identify health risks. They should think twice before making themselves and their relatives unanticipated subjects in a criminal lineup. When used appropriately, technology can provide substantial benefits to law enforcement agencies, victims, and society. Genetic testing of crime scene DNA evidence — a technique utilized by police since the 1980s — can be a powerful tool to catch…

Steve Forbes urges Mark Zuckerburg to change the name of hit crypto currency from the Libra to the MARK

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg: Your company made big headlines when it announced it would be launching a cryptocurrency called the Libra in 2020. Not surprisingly, given the nature of the times, the project has been greeted with intense criticism and skepticism. Don’t lose heart. In one sense, the idea of a company creating its own kind of money is an old one. The airlines’ frequent-flier miles are really a form of money that customers can earn and use to buy trips and various other things. Credit card companies, hotels and numerous retailers have all sorts of loyalty programs in which people…

Hold on to your old cars…

You’d think that luxury automakers would load their cars with safety tech by default, but that’s not always the case — it hasn’t been for Lexus, anyway. However, the company is making amends for that shortfall. It’s making its Safety System+ a standard feature for all its vehicles, starting with the 2020 model year. These camera- and radar-based features aren’t particularly new, but some of them have been reserved as options (or for higher-end models) until now. Pre-collision alerts and braking may be the most practical — they can slow or even stop the car to avoid crashes, including with…

With a single wiretap, police collected 9.2 million text messages

For four months in 2018, authorities in Texas collected more than 9.2 million messages under a single court-authorized wiretap order, newly released figures show. The wiretap, granted by a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas, was granted as part of a narcotics investigation and became the federal wiretap with the most intercepts in 2018, according to the government’s annual wiretap report. Little is known about the case, except that 149 individuals involved in the case were targeted by the wiretap.  The wiretap expired last year, allowing the judiciary to disclose the case. To date, no arrests have been…

Big Brother To Force You To Stop At A Red Light

Forget backseat drivers; hell forget annoying front seat passengers, because soon your car will force you to stop at a red light. BMW’s NextGen cars will be equipped with the industry’s first ever adaptive cruise control system that recognizes traffic lights. According to BMW’s blog, they tested an M340i on Munich’s city streets, with the cruise control set to 30 km/h. The car was able to recognize a traffic light turning yellow, slow down and come to a complete stop as the light turned red. BMW claims their “Urban Traffic Light Recognition” will bring a car to a complete stop at speeds of up…

Gillette Stadium’s Facial Recognition Can Identify Fans Before They Enter The Stadium

One of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the New England Patriots is using “Evolve Edge” millimeter wave/facial recognition scanners to identify fans before they enter Gillette Stadium.  According to Evolv Edge’s brochure, their scanners use facial recognition to identify everyone. “The automated, consistent screening eliminates guard fatigue and subjectivity so there’s fewer complaints and no profiling while providing better threat detection. The system can scan everyone and their bag including those with medical devices and pregnant women. In addition, facial recognition can be integrated to identify people who are prohibited from an environment.” Evolv’s scanners are designed to make it easy for private corporations…

NSA Again Exposed For Unauthorized Collection Of Americans’ Phone Records

Yet again, the National Security Agency has been exposed for “accidentally overcollecting” call-record metadata of millions of Americans. According to a WSJ report that relied on documents obtained by the ACLU, the NSA received metadata records from an unnamed phone company that the agency hadn’t been authorized to collect. According to the report, it’s unclear how the overcollection occurred, but the incident took place after the NSA said it had purged hundreds of millions of metadata records it had amassed since 2015 in a separate overcollection episode. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, “Metadata” include the numbers called…

Facebook Unveils Invasive & Dangerous Form Of Surveillance: Libra Cryptocurrency

Those skeptical of Facebook’s creation of their own cryptocurrency have every right to be.  The new cryptocurrency, which has been named Libra, has been unveiled, and it’s a dangerous and invasive form of surveillance in the hands of a company known for its privacy concerns and censorship. Experts have branded the move a dangerous power grab that marks Facebook’s “most invasive” form of surveillance yet. So far, Facebook has enlisted 28 firms, including Spotify and Uber, who each had to invest a minimum of $1o million to be a founding member of the Libra Association, an independent not-for-profit membership organization.…

FLASHBACK: CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them. Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” – that is, wired devices – at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.” All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data…

Amazon got clearance to build drones that can carry out surveillance on customers’ homes between deliveries

As Amazon edges closer to making its drone delivery dreams a reality, the company just got a patent approved to let it build drones for on-demand surveillance. The patent was submitted by Amazon in 2015 and granted approval earlier this month, as first spotted by Quartz. The patent describes how delivery drones could drop in on consenting customers’ houses to check them for things like open garage doors, graffiti, or even a fire. In order to safeguard the security of neigboring houses, which haven’t given their permission to be filmed by the drones, the patent stipulates that geofencing technology could…

Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

You open your browser to look at the Web. Do you know who is looking back at you? Over a recent week of Web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the Web. This was made possible by the Web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Seen from the inside, its Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software. Lately I’ve been investigating the secret life of my…

Spying Police Robots (Daleks) Coming To A City Near You

Six years ago, I predicted that Knightscope robots (Daleks) might replace police officers and it appears, that I was right. According to CBS Los Angeles, the Huntington Park Police Department is using a Knightscope K5 robot to patrol public areas like parks and city buildings. The Huntington Park Police robot, dubbed “HP Robocop” comes equipped with 360-degree high-definition cameras that allow police officers to spy on people in public places. According to KTLA 5, Mayor Karina Macias is very excited to have police robots spy on people, “I’m very excited that we can officially call on HP RoboCop to help our police officers patrol…

The U.S. Marine Corps Turned San Diego Into A Massive Chinese-Style Smart City

Earlier this year, I warned people that the city of San Diego had been turned into a massive Chinese-Style public surveillance network, complete with facial recognition, spying streetlights, license plate readers and a police-run public watchlisting network. But what I failed to mention is who is really behind it A disturbing news release from the City of San Diego, revealed that the U.S. military is actually helping transform San Diego into a Chinese-Style Smart City. The City of San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on “Smart City” technologies such as unmanned…

The U.S. Marine Corps Turned San Diego Into A Massive Chinese-Style Smart City

Earlier this year, I warned people that the city of San Diego had been turned into a massive Chinese-Style public surveillance network, complete with facial recognition, spying streetlights, license plate readers and a police-run public watchlisting network. But what I failed to mention is who is really behind it A disturbing news release from the City of San Diego, revealed that the U.S. military is actually helping transform San Diego into a Chinese-Style Smart City. The City of San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on “Smart City” technologies such as unmanned…

Amazon is Selling an Electric-Shock Bracelet That Supposedly Cures You of Bad Habits

Let’s face it, we all have a couple of bad habits. Whether it’s smoking cigarettes, over-indulging in snacks, sleeping in, or biting our nails, some of us have a couple impulsive or compulsive habits that are less than healthy. And now, Amazon is selling a bracelet that promises to give you a nice kick in the pants—or 350-volt electric shock on the wrist—to keep you in line and literally train you to rid yourself of those pesky issues. But would you actually pay $200 to voluntarily subject yourself to daily electric shocks? The Pavlok bracelet pairs with an app on…

The CIA Spied on People Through Their Smart TVs, Leaked Documents Reveal

Hackers at the Central Intelligence Agency, with the help of colleagues from the British spy agency MI5, developed malware to secretly spy on targets through their Samsung Smart TVs, according to new documents published by WikiLeaks. On Tuesday, WikiLeaks dumped a large cache of documents allegedly coming from the CIA’s hacking unit. Julian Assange’s organization dubbed the release, which it says it’s the first in a series, as “Vault 7,” and billed it as the largest-ever of confidential CIA intelligence documents.   “Weeping Angel already hooks key presses […] to cause the system to enter Fake-Off rather than Off.” The CIA…

The Rise of Facial Recognition Should Scare Us All

In the last ten years, our world has been completely transformed thanks to the exponential growth of digital technology. Technological advances with computer processors and the Internet have quickly advanced our world into one that resembles some of the most well-known sci-fi films and novels. Not a single day passes without a report on an emerging technology or new feature in an already existing product. The last ten years alone have seen rapid growth in information technology, encryption, the medical industry and 3D printing technology, just to name a few. Unfortunately, as technology is a tool, there are equally frightening…

The Estonian government has an AI which will tell you when to see the doctor, when to exercise and even what job to do

Ott Velsberg, Estonia’s fresh-faced, 28-year-old chief data officer, is on a mission put AI into every part of the country’s public services, from healthcare to education and job centres. “The aim is to make government more proactive and responsive to people’s life-events,” says Velsberg. Instead of citizens having to apply for things like driver’s licences and school places, he envisions a system where public bodies can anticipate and preemptively respond to the needs people have at different stages of their life. Take enrolling children in school. There is no reason why parents should have to apply for a place for…

In Bid To Create A One World Monetary System, Facebook Launching New Cryptocurrency ‘Libra’ That Was Originally Called ‘GlobalCoin’

This is truly an amazing end times story we bring you today, one that sounds like it’s fresh off the pages of end times novels like ‘Left Behind‘, but this is no fiction, no sir. This is stunning end times Bible prophecy coming true before our very eyes. What is the Internet but the One World System that connects all people everywhere around the planet. What is social media but a digital marketplace where billions and billions communicate with each other. Now today we bring you the story of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency named ‘Libra’ which is set to launch globally…

Pupils at an elite primary school in China wear brainwave-detecting headbands that allow teachers to track concentration levels in real-time

It’s like a scene out of a horror movie… But pure reality! An elite primary school in Hangzhou, China is making its students wear brainwave-reading headbands that can supposedly detect their attention levels in the classroom. The practice was exposed in a series of photos, showing students at Jiangnan Experimental School wearing black electronic headbands while in class. The devices are produced by BrainCo Inc., a Harvard University-backed startup based in Boston. According to sponsored content, the high-tech company is dedicated to developing Brain Machine Interface technology with a focus on big data and brain science. The students in Hangzhou were given…

The Unholy Alliance Between DNA Sites and Facial Recognition

Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating. Privacy concerns surrounding DNA and facial recognition aren’t anything new. As the popularity of DNA genealogy websites like Ancestry DNA and 23andMe increase, so do questions over who has access to that data and how it will be used. The use of facial recognition and other biometric data technology is on the rise, and people are expressing concerns (and…

DHS Database To Track ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ And Independent Journalists

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will track influential independent journalists, bloggers and ‘conspiracy theorists’ through a centralized, searchable database. According to a publicly posted job listing, the DHS “Media Monitoring” initiative is seeking a contractor who can provide DHS with the ability to track over 290,000 journalists who influence online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, and social media platforms. Zerohedge.com reports: “Services shall provide media comparison tools, design and rebranding tools, communication tools, and the ability to identify top media influencers,” according to the job call, in order to help DHS agencies fulfill “a critical need to…

In Court, Facebook Blames Users for Destroying Their Own Right to Privacy

In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat before members of both houses of Congress and told them his company respected the privacy of the roughly two billion people who use it. “Privacy” remained largely undefined throughout Zuckerberg’s televised flagellations, but he mentioned the concept more than two dozen times, including when he told the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees, “We have a broader responsibility to protect people’s privacy even beyond” a consent decree from federal privacy regulators, and when he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “We believe that everyone around the world deserves good privacy controls.” A…

Scientists Create “Deepfake” Software Allowing Anyone To Edit Anything Anyone Says On Video

Scientists at Stanford are doing their part to create what will be an inevitable dystopian nightmare. The staff at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Princeton University and Adobe Research have developed software that allows you to now edit and change what people are saying in videos, allowing anyone to edit anybody into saying anything, according to Observer.  The software uses machine learning and 3-D models of the target’s face to generate new footage which allows the user to change, edit and remove words that are coming out of a person’s mouth on video, simply by typing in new text.…

Credit Scores Could Soon Get Even Creepier and More Biased…Scores based on AI and non-traditional data such as your social media profile could usher in a whole new way for banks to discriminate

Are you trustworthy? For centuries this was a qualitative question, but no longer. Now you have a number, a score, that everybody from loan officers to landlords will use to determine how much they should trust you. Credit scores are often presented as objective and neutral, but they have a long history of prejudice. Most changes in how credit scores are calculated over the years—including the shift from human assessment to computer calculations, and most recently to artificial intelligence—have come out of a desire to make the scores more equitable, but credit companies have failed to remove bias, on the…

Police To Use Automatic Facial Recognition Sunglasses To Watchlist People

Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a title for one of my stories but this one came easy because the two companies involved in the story helped create it. A New York based company called Vuzix along with a UAE software company called NNTC, worked together to produce the world’s first automatic facial recognition sunglasses for law enforcement. Not only did they create the world’s first automatic facial recognition sunglasses but they purposely made them to resemble Oakley sunglasses. Making it harder for people to tell if they are being spied on. The above video warns that police will have…

Propaganda: More than 4 in 5 Americans support airport biometrics

A large majority of Americans support the use of biometrics to verify their identities at airports, amid growing concern about the safety of public events, according to the new 2019 Unisys Security Index. The report shows 81 percent approve of airport biometrics, 42 percent due to security concerns, and roughly one third each mainly for the reliability and convenience benefits. Among those who do not support airport biometrics, a lack of trust in the government or airport authorities are the most commonly cited reasons why. IATA recently resolved to accelerate the deployment of its One ID biometric initiative to prepare…

Hackers stole a US Customs and Border Patrol facial recognition database

Data from facial recognition scans performed by US Customs and Border Patrol on travelers crossing at an unnamed lander border point (an anonymous source says it’s a US-Canada crossing) have been stolen by hacker or hackers unknown. The CBP doesn’t know how many records were leaked, but estimates the number at less than 100k. The CBP refused to state which contractor breached the data, but the memo it sent to the Washington Post about the breach was titled “CBP Perceptics Public Statement” and since Perceptics is a CBP contractor that does facial recognition (as well as license plate cameras and…

Massive New Government Database Includes Face Recognition, DNA, Tattoos and Relationship Patterns

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is building a massive new database containing biometric and biographic data on people in the US.   Northrop Grumman got a $95 million contract from DHS to develop the first stages of the system. The new database is called the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART). It will include face and voice recognition, DNA, scars and tattoos. The database will also include standard biographic information, like name, birthdate, physical descriptions, country of origin, and government identification information. HART can be used to identify relationship patterns, political activities and religious affiliations, and will serve as…

iOS 13 now shows a map of where apps have been tracking you when requesting permission

Apple continued its strong focus on privacy with the announcement of iOS 13 this week. The update includes several new privacy features, including a more detailed view of how apps have been using your location in the background. As you can see in the screenshots above, iOS 13 presents popup notifications when an app is using your location in the background. The notification also shows a map of the location data a specific app has tracked. The above screenshots show location data tracked by the Tesla app as well as the Apple Store app. In addition to showing the map,…

Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells

If you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon.  While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments. Police departments across the country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000 people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens, sometimes using taxpayer funds to pay for Amazon’s products. While Ring…

Amazon’s facial recognition fear crusade ramps up: now they’re paying Facebook to show you pictures of suspected criminals to scare you into getting a surveillance doorbell

Amazon’s Ring doorbells are surveillance devices that conduct round-the-clock video surveillance of your neighborhood, automatically flagging “suspicious” faces and bombarding you and your neighbors with alerts using an app called “Neighbors”; it’s a marriage of Amazon’s Internet of Things platform with its “Rekognition” facial recognition tool, which it has marketed aggressively to cities, law enforcement, ICE, businesses and everyday customers as a security measure that can help ID bad guys, despite the absence of a database identifying which faces belong to good people and which faces belong to bad people. Part of the home surveillance project is a fear-based marketing…

Ring & Law Enforcement Use Walk Lights And Flood Lights To Spread Fear

I thought that after writing two articles about the dangers of purchasing Ring doorbells, there could not possibly be anything else to warn people about, but boy was I mistaken. Big Brother has found a new way to spread fear and paranoia to neighborhoods. Besides using the obvious, like equipping homes with facial recognition doorbells and creating neighborhood watchlists, Ring is taking it up a notch. Not much was made of Ring’s acquisition of Mr.Beams lights last year, a fact that I also overlooked. The above video, explains how Ring plans to spread fear by creating a network of spying walk…

Google confirms that advanced backdoor came preinstalled on Android devices

Criminals in 2017 managed to get an advanced backdoor preinstalled on Android devices before they left the factories of manufacturers, Google researchers confirmed on Thursday. Triada first came to light in 2016 in articles published by Kaspersky here and here, the first of which said the malware was “one of the most advanced mobile Trojans” the security firm’s analysts had ever encountered. Once installed, Triada’s chief purpose was to install apps that could be used to send spam and display ads. It employed an impressive kit of tools, including rooting exploits that bypassed security protections built into Android and the…

A New Surveillance Tool Is Coming to U.S. Skies

An Arizona company developing a new type of high-altitude, long-range surveillance platform just completed a 16-day mission during which massive balloons floated over four western U.S. states, all part of an effort to someday keep them aloft for months at a time. World View Enterprises Inc. builds what it calls Stratollites, a system designed to offer the type of coverage satellites afford but without the need to launch incredibly expensive rockets into space. Effectively unmanned balloons, the untethered platforms operate with surveillance equipment payloads of as much as 220 pounds (100 kg) at altitudes of 50,000 feet to 75,000 feet, far above commercial air…

Mind-controlled drones? Pentagon hopes to test telepathy tech on humans within 4 years

The Pentagon agency tasked with developing new technology for the US military says it’s just a few short years away from beginning human tests of a headset that gives its wearer telepathic powers. Professor Jacob Robinson of Rice University, the research team coordinator at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), told the Express that the brain-computer interface (BCI) would be capable of telepathically commanding “active cyber defense systems” as well as “swarms of unmanned vehicles.” The researcher noted that the technology would remove the “communication latency” between the mind and the body. “There is a delay between my thought…

Patronscan wants cities to require bars to scan your ID with its service so it can maintain a secret, unaccountable blacklist

Patronscan is the leading provider of ID-scanning/verification services to bars and restaurants, and one of its selling points is that it allows its customers to create shared blacklists of undesirable customers who can then be denied services at every other establishment that uses its services. Susie Cagle (previously) delves into Patronscan’s practices and the risks the company presents to privacy and fairness. For example, Patronscan’s database contains the names, addresses and other details of people who patronize LGBTQ bars, or fundraisers for political causes. What’s more, Patronscan allows law enforcement to access its records without warrants. More disturbing is the…

Bars & Nightclubs Use A Secret Biometric Blacklist To Ban Customers

Have you ever had too much to drink at a bar or nightclub and been asked to leave? Have you or your friends ever mouthed off to the staff or been hit on by a bartender? Have you ever Yelped or Tweeted about bad food or service? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you will be mortified to learn that Big Brother knows exactly who you are. According to an article in OneZero, the service industry has been quietly using PatronScan to scan the IDs and faces of 500,000+ bargoers. “PatronScan collected and retained information on…

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs (most likely scraped from you social media accounts)

A government watchdog says the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs — including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots — that can be searched using facial recognition technology. The figure reflects how the technology is becoming an increasingly powerful law enforcement tool, but is also stirring fears about the potential for authorities to intrude on the lives of Americans. It was reported by the Government Accountability Office at a congressional hearing in which both Democrats and Republicans raised questions about the use of the technology. The FBI maintains a database known as the Interstate Photo System of mugshots…

Orwellian Future: Facial Recognition & Mass Surveillance Is Coming To U.S. Schools

We are staring our Orwellian future right in the face.  Beginning in New York, facial recognition is coming to schools in the United States and it’ll be switched on for testing next week. The dystopian future George Orwell warned about in his accidental historical predictions book, 1984, has arrived. According to an article by Engadget, the Lockport City School District in New York will start testing a facial and object recognition system called “Aegis” on June 3rd. According to BuzzFeed News, that will make it the first in the U.S. to pilot a facial recognition mass surveillance system on its students and faculty.…

Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming

Last December, early on a Sunday morning, Amanda Lafrenais tweeted about her cats. “I would die for you,” the 31-year old comic book artist from Clute, Texas wrote. To human eyes, the post seems innocuous. But in an age of heightened fear about mass school shootings, it tripped invisible alarms. The local Brazosport Independent School District had recently hired a company called Social Sentinel to monitor public posts from all users, including adults, on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. The company’s algorithms flagged Lafrenais’s tweet as a potential threat. Automated alerts were sent to the district’s superintendent, chief…

Just a reminder: If you are heading to the ball park this summer for a major league baseball game, they are taking super high-res photos of you and your kids with permanently installed gigapixel cameras using facial recognition and tagging.

“The thought of using facial recognition might not sit well with everyone, but Fancam insists privacy is a priority.” LOL For those not familiar with these cameras, they take super high-resolution pictures of entire crowds of fans where you can zoom in to a persons face and it’s still crisp. If you’ve ever seen one of these photos online with the interface to zoom in and out, you know how crazy it is. “This year the team is among 10 professional stadiums that are installing the cameras permanently.” “The high-resolution photos give fans the chance to zoom in, find themselves…